Argentina’s World Cup 2018 ends in the Round of 16 vs France

Argentina soccer is ranked #5 in the world by FIFA as of June 2018. “La Abiceleste” plays CONMEBOL (South American) soccer at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Belgrano, Buenos Aires.

We were runners-up at the 2014 World Cup Brazil. We won the 1986 World Cup Mexico and the 1978 World Cup Argentina.

Our arch-rivals are Brazil. We have a friendly rivalry with Colombia. We are among the world’s most fanatic football fans.

Vamos, vamos, Argentina

Argentina Soccer Championships

World Cup

We won the World Cup twice in 1986 and 1978. That was out of 17 appearances.

Copa América

We won Copa América 14 times out of 41 appearances in 1993, 1991, 1959, 1957, 1955, 1947, 1946, 1945, 1941, 1937, 1929, 1927, 1925, and 1921.

Confederation Cup

We won the Confederation Cup in 1992 out of three appearances.

Argentina World Cup 2018

Argentina starts its campaign against Iceland on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Argentina World Cup Team

Jorge Sampaoli from Sevilla took over Argentina on June 3, 2017.

Sampaoli is the third Argentina coach in this World Cup qualifier campaign. He famously led Chile to beat Argentina on penalties in the 2015 Copa America final.

Lionel Messi is our captain.


  • Nahuel Guzmán (#1) plays for Tigres UANL in Mexico
  • Franco Armani (#12) plays for River Plate in Argentina
  • Wilfredo Caballero (#23) plays for Chelsea in England. Caballero is the veteran goalkeeper


  • Gabriel Mercado (#2) plays for Sevilla in Spain
  • Nicolás Tagliafico (#3) plays for Ajax in The Netherlands
  • Christian Ansaldi (#4) plays for Torino in Italy
  • Federico Fazio (#6) plays for Roma in Italy
  • Javier Mascherano (#14) plays for Hebei Fortune in China
  • Marcos Rojo (#16) plays for Manchester United in England
  • Nicolás Otamendi (#17) from Buenos Aires plays for Manchester City in England.


  • Lucas Biglia (#5) plays for Milan in Italy
  • Éver Banega (#7) plays for Sevilla in Spain
  • Marcos Acuña (#8) plays for Sporting Lisbon in Portugal
  • Maximiliano Meza (#13) plays for Independiente in Argentina
  • Enzo Pérez (#15) plays for River Plate in Argentina
  • Eduardo Salvio (#15) plays for Benfica in Portugal
  • Giovani Lo Celso (#20) plays for PSG in France. He is one of the team’s young talents.


  • Gonzalo Higuaín (#9) plays for Juventus in Italy
  • Lionel Messi (#10) from Rosario plays for FC Barcelona in Spain
  • Ángel Di Maria (#11) from Rosario plays for PSG in France
  • Sergio Agüero (#19) plays for Manchester City in England
  • Paulo Dybala (#21) plays for Juventus in Italy
  • Cristian Pavón (#22) plays for Boca Juniors in Argentina

Argentina World Cup Group Stage

Argentina is in World Cup Group D.

Argentina 1 – 1 Iceland

FIFA Rank: #5 vs #22
Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow, Russia
Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 9 am ET

Honestly this was a shock.

Argentina 0 – 3 Croatia

FIFA Rank: #5 vs #20
Stadion Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 2 pm ET
Sampaoli tried a new formation which was just disastrous. Messi was humiliated, but it’s not all his fault. No team can rely on one person.

There was concern on Messi’s face before the game. None of the team sang the Argentine national anthem. What is with that?

Nigeria 1 – 2 Argentina

FIFA Rank: #48 vs #5
Saint Petersburg Stadium, Russia
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 2 pm ET

Argentina gets through a game filled with emotional intensity into its last minutes. Messi and Rojo made the difference.

A win, a loss and a tie are enough to get through the Group Stage.

Argentina World Cup Round of 16

France vs Argentina play a World Cup Round of 16 game on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 10 am ET.


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